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Case Studies is the work of Seattle-based Jesse Lortz, who once recorded with Kimberly Morrison as The Dutchess and the Duke. On his own, he's a hardworking under-the-radar singer/songwriter who falls somewhere between Nick Cave, The National, and a bar band with a death wish. The lumbering beats and piano notes of "House of Silk, House of Stone" and the atmospheric organ of "You Say to Me, You Never Have to Ask" bring together a vibe that's made all the weirder by Lortz's unpredictable lyrics, which frequently forego logic for poetry that's weird enough to recall the days of David Ackles and his early-'70s pipe dreams. "From Richard Brautigan" might provide a better clue as to where Lortz grabs his lyrical influences. However, that track and the similarly reckless "Driving East, and Through Her" work on the upbeat; the band's near-jugband approach bursts from the dark shadows with harmonies that resist prettiness at every turn. For that, one must cock an ear to "Villain." There, Lortz is joined by the well-respected Marissa Nadler, who brings color to this black-and-white world.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The solo project of Jesse Lortz, who was previously one half of the Dutchess & the Duke, Case Studies finds the singer and songwriter heading into darker waters as he strikes out on his own. With a style rooted in folk, Americana, and country, Case Studies' songs are brooding and lonely, making for the kind of music one would take when going into seclusion to do some soul searching. Case Studies made its debut in 2006 with the self-released Something You Already Know before...
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